|Greetings! Here is what is going on in Newtonville and beyond.
The vote on the Austin Street project was held last week. The project needed 16 votes to pass and was approved with 17 in favor, 6 opposed and one absent. The developer made a last minute concession adding 6 more affordable units, which brought two more aldermen to the "yes" column.
While the vote is behind us, there is still much work ahead to ensure that the developer follows through on the many promises that were made in terms of parking during construction, support for Newtonville businesses, number of affordable units and more.
- In favor: Albright, Baker, Brousal-Glaser, Crossley, Danberg, Fuller, Hess-Mahan, Johnson, Kalis, Lappin, Laredo, Leary, Lennon, Lipof, Rice, Sangiolo, Schwartz,
- Opposed: Blazar, Ciccone, Cote, Gentile, Harney, Norton
- Absent: Yates
There will be a community meeting in January about the proposed development at the corner of Walnut and Washington Streets. I will send a notice out via this list and also the Newtonville listserve when a firm date and time have been set.
Restaurant Grading System
Newton's Health & Human Services Dept. has begun grading restaurants in the City in terms of food safety. Click here for a description of what inspectors look for. Click here for a map of restaurants that have been graded to date.
Office hours are usually the last Friday of the month but due to the holiday they will take place a week early this coming Friday, December 18, 9-10AM at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St. in Newtonville.
Have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best in 2016.